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Transfer Student Housing: Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you find that your question has not been answered, please Contact Us.

The staff in Housing & Residence Life's Assignments Office are responsible for making all of the on-Grounds housing assignments. They are here to help you if you have any questions regarding the assignments process. The office is located at Gibbons House, in the Alderman Road Area.

1. How do I apply for housing?

Incoming Transfer Stidents should complete the online Transfer Student Housing Application after May 1st (you will need to pay your Admissions deposit and activate your University computing ID before attempting to access the application). Please be sure to read the application carefully before submitting it.

2. How is my assignment made?

A computer-generated random selection process held after the application deadline determines your order of assignment. Your assignment is then generated based on availability and your order of preference for each of the residential areas.

3. May I request a roommate?

You can write in a roommate request in the "Special Requests / Comments" field on your Housing Application. Roommate requests must be mutual in order to be honored. We try to place requested roommates together, but this may not be possible due to limited space availability.

4. How can I receive assistance from the University if I have a disability or medical condition?

If you need special housing accommodations due to a disability or medical condition, you will need to submit a Disability Related Needs Request and appropriate documentation to the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC) by May 31, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact SDAC at 434-243-5180 or send an email to

5. What is the procedure for bringing a service animal to the University?

Students must request the University's permission to allow the presence of a service animal on University property, and permission will be granted only as an accommodation for a documented disability. Please see the Guidelines for Service Animals. For more information, contact SDAC at 434-243-5180 or send an email to

6. When do I find out where I'll live?

As long as you submit your application in a timely manner, you will receive your room assignment (and roommate information, if applicable) in early June.

7. What to bring / not to bring

We have put together this list of suggestions to help you make some informed decisions about what to bring to U.Va. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list; it is only meant to help you decide what to pack and what to leave at home. Ask us about anything questionable that you are considering bringing with you.

7.1. What should I bring?

  • computer equipment with wireless network card (not all rooms have Ethernet ports)
  • cell phone (AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon recommended)
  • 1 microwave and 1 small refrigerator per bedroom, or 1 combination microfridge unit per bedroom ¹
  • 1 single-serve coffee maker such as Keurig per room
  • lamp(s) - see restrictions below
  • flashlight
  • alarm clock
  • TV ²
  • power strip, with surge protector
  • hair dryer
  • hangers
  • iron
  • stereo or iPod dock, with speakers suitable to living space
  • pillows, bed linens, towels, etc.
  • fan, maybe even two (available from the U.Va. Bookstore)
  • bicycle (with a good lock)

¹ Students may rent a microfridge from the U.Va. Bookstore, or bring your own combination microfridge, or bring your own separate microwave (1200 watts or less) and refrigerator (5.0 cubic ft. or less) with a surge supressor (also available from the Bookstore).

² Coaxial cable outlets for University-provided cable TV service are not available in 381 and 382 Gooch or in Gibbons. Students in these buildings may wish to bring a WiFi-enabled TV and a subscription TV service.

7.2. What should I not bring?

  • pets - only small non-lethal fish are allowed
  • any halogen lamp - torchiere, desk, spotlights, etc.
  • any lamp with a plastic shade (see examples)
  • extension cords
  • air-conditioner (unless pre-approved for medical reasons in permitted buildings - they are not permitted in McCormick Road or Alderman Road buildings)
  • oversized refrigerators
  • cooking appliances
  • hotplates
  • Fry Baby or any other deep fryer
  • wireless Internet routers or range extenders
  • devices that operate on 2.4 GHz and 5.1 GHz frequencies such cordless telephones, microwaves, baby monitors, wireless speakers, and wireless (not Bluetooth) headsets. Devices that operate on 900 MHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies are permitted.
  • waterbeds
  • lofts
  • cinder blocks to raise beds
  • incense & candles - burning of these items is strictly prohibited
  • space heaters
  • firearms & ammunition, including BB Guns, paintball guns, bows, etc.
  • firecrackers or explosives of any type
  • alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
³ lofts are not allowed at Hereford College, Johnson, Malone and Weedon, Shea House, French House, Spanish House, Bice House, Munford, Gwathmey or Brown College

8. What kind of decorations are allowed for my room?

For specific policies related to decorations and fire safety, please see our page dedicated to Fire Safety Policies.